Man charged with child abuse, assault in beating of 2-year-old girl

June 29, 2012|By DON AINES |
  • Daniel Keith Edmonds
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A 27-year-old man was charged this week with beating a 2-year-old girl who suffered broken ribs and possibly a broken jaw, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Daniel Keith Edmonds, of no fixed address, is charged with first-degree child abuse and first-degree assault, both of which carry maximum sentences of 25 years in prison, according to Washington County District Court records.

Edmonds also is charged with second-degree child abuse and second-degree assault, the records said.

District Judge Dana Moylan Wright raised Edmonds’ bail from $150,000 to $350,000 during a bond review hearing Friday.

Assistant Public Defender Catherine Pugh had asked Wright to lower the bond, telling her the charges were based primarily on the statement made by the child’s mother.

A sheriff’s deputy was called to Meritus Medical Center for a report Wednesday morning of child abuse, where a doctor said that the child, Indira Yadina Morales, had bruising to her head and body, and possible broken ribs, according to the application for statement of charges.

Indira was taken to Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., the charging documents said.

Indira’s mother, Yadina Indira Morales, 20, of 11224 Scarlet Oak Drive told investigators that her daughter was hurt Tuesday when she fell down the stairs, the documents said. Morales said she witnessed the fall.

Morales told investigators she later checked on Indira, noticed swelling in her chest area and took her to the hospital, the documents said.

A doctor at Children’s National Medical Center told investigators the child’s injuries did not appear to have been caused by a fall down carpeted steps, but by blunt force trauma, the documents said.

The girl’s injuries included six to nine new and old rib fractures; bruising to her scalp, both temples, both ears, face and cheeks; and an abrasion below her lip, the documents said. There also were the possible jaw fracture and a contusion to the child’s lung.

Two rib fractures appeared to be about a month old, the documents said.

Morales later changed her story, telling investigators she was at work and the child was at home with Edmonds, whom she said was her boyfriend, the documents said.

Morales told deputies that Edmonds was watching her children since she began working at a department store in May.

But during the bond hearing, Pugh told the judge that “Mr. Edmonds is very clear that he did not baby-sit” Indira Morales.

Pugh said further that Edmonds told her he had received a text message from Morales asking him to tell police he had been watching the children if they contacted him.

Edmonds is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on July 24, court records show.

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